Comparing Donald Trump to Ronald Reagan has become the key trope of the Republican Party’s decline. Trumpism is typically cast as a drastic deviation from the golden standard of US conservatism set by Reagan. But according to Olga Thierbach-McLean, Reagan’s political legacy is the disease rather than the cure
Olga is an American Studies scholar, author, and journalist.
After studying American literature, Russian literature, and musicology, she earned her doctorate at the University of Hamburg.
Olga's main research interests are in contemporary US political culture, American transcendentalism, and the intellectual history of liberalism.
Her current research projects are focused on the American cultural appropriation debate as an aspect of US political exceptionalism, the impact of digital media on democratic culture, and the renegotiation of traditional individualist tenets in present-day America.